Donald Trump complains about immigrants from ‘s***hole countries’
Friday - 12/01/2018 08:01
DONALD Trump has stunned his guests in the Oval Office with a foul-mouthed outburst about immigrants from “s***hole” countries.
DONALD Trump has reportedly slammed protections for immigrants from “sh*thole countries” during an Oval Office meeting.
The President became frustrated when politicians suggested restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as part of a bipartisan deal, insiders told the Washington Post.
“Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Mr Trump reportedly said, referring to Haiti and African nations, suggesting the United States should instead encourage immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met this week.
Attendees were taken aback by his comments, according to two people briefed on the meeting who spoke to the Post.
The word “sh*thole” was soon trending in Washington DC, according to Trendsmap.
The deal reportedly involved restoring countries removed from the temporary protected status program, adding $1.5 billion for the President’s border wall and changing the visa lottery scheme.
El Salvador’s protected status, initiated in response to the devastating 2001 earthquake, was removed this week and will end in September 2019.
Around 200,000 Salvadorans — most of whom have been US residents for a decade or more — will lose their right to stay in the country. Many have children who were born in the States and have US citizenship.
Those in favour of the move argue the TPS program was never intended to provide long-term residency.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Durbin proposed cutting the program by 50 per cent and prioritising countries already in the system, a White House official said. The spokesperson declined to comment on the President’s words.
Mr Trump was reportedly open to deal but changed his position by the time of the meeting.
Presidential aide Marc Short said the White House was nowhere near a bipartisan deal on immigration. “We still think we can get there,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.